Monday 18 December 2017

Shiramiyna can deliver goods

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

A full sister to the brilliant unbeaten two-year-old Teofilo begins its racing career for Jim Bolger in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden at Leopardstown tonight.

Teo's Sister may not need to be anywhere near as good as her dual Group One-winning brother to play a meaningful role in this seven-furlong contest, but the fact that she is only making her debut halfway through her three-year-old year would suggest that she might benefit from the experience.

Of those that have a run under their belt, Shiramiyna is the one that stands out as the type to keep on side.

The John Oxx-trained Invincible Spirit filly did plenty right on her debut at Limerick last month, travelling well before keeping on to be fourth behind Compelling. That was a promising effort in respectable company, so it would be disappointing if Shiramiyna doesn't build on it now under Johnny Murtagh.

On an evening when all five of their representatives have live chances, Murtagh and Oxx are also fancied to collect with Narjawa and Red Calima. Narjawa tackles the nine-furlong three-year-old maiden, a race that sees Jessica Harrington's Forever Glory bid to improve on its recent runner-up finish at The Curragh.

However, that one didn't put its head down when it got to the front inside the final furling on that occasion, and may not be one to place too much faith in. Granted, Narjawa has likewise finished second on each of her three career outings, but she looks more one-paced than ungenuine, so the step up in trip from a mile ought to suit.

Red Calima is another that filled the runner-up berth on its latest start. The Shirocco colt contests the 12-furlong maiden having come undone by his lesser-fancied stablemate Saddler's Rock at Tipperary, but he is progressing along the right lines.

In the handicaps, it's difficult to go against Joseph O'Brien's mount Green To Gold in the apprentices' race. While Navan scorer Lady Bennett is also sure to be popular under Gary Carroll, Green To Gold carries just a five-pound penalty for its eight-length Bellewstown romp.

Fran Berry, who partnered Green To Gold on Sunday, gets the nod on Crystal Morning in the Handicap. Fourth to Ted Dolly at Naas, Crystal Morning's form has been boosted by the two horses that finished in front of her, Aznavour and Little Arrows, filling the first two places at Fairyhouse next time.

Irish Independent

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